The tumultuous relationship of [artist id="1526529"]Travis Barker[/artist] and Shanna Moakler appears to be back on. And to hear the former [artist id="783"]Blink-182[/artist] drummer tell it, his near-death experience in a fiery plane crash last September is a big reason why.
Speaking to Us Magazine, Barker said he's reunited with former Playboy playmate Moakler more than two years after the couple divorced. The magazine reported that Moakler wore her wedding ring and held hands with Barker at [artist id="1521450"]Will.I.Am[/artist]'s Grammy week kickoff party in Los Angeles on Monday night.
"[I'm] here with my babies' mama, my wife and my kids, and I really can't be happier," Barker said, referring to Moakler, whose MySpace status still lists her as "single" as of Wednesday (February 4) morning; for the record, so does Barker's.
Barker said he's still recovering from the third-degree burns he suffered in the crash, which also seriously injured his musical partner, [artist id="1562979"]DJ AM[/artist], and killed the pilot and co-pilot, as well as Barker's best friend and personal assistant, "Lil Chris" Baker, and bodyguard, Charles "Che" Still. He still faces "a couple more surgeries" as a result of the burns he sustained to his torso in the crash, which investigators believe was likely caused by a tire that blew out on takeoff.
Moakler, who flew to be by Barker's side following the crash, said the brush with death has brought the couple — who have two children together — closer. "It has absolutely changed my life," said Moakler, according to Us. She has reportedly stayed by Barker's side as he's recovered from his injuries.
"Yeah, it has definitely been life-changing," Barker added. The couple married in October 2004 and have broken up and gotten back together several times since their split in 2006.
Barker has slowly resumed playing with AM under the [artist id="3102732"]TRV$ DJ-AM[/artist] moniker, most recently during Super Bowl weekend. But the drummer, who's made a name for himself over the past two years for his mega-beat remixes of hip-hop songs like "Low" and "Jockin' Jay-Z," has not yet announced what his next musical project will be. Barker has been working on a solo album, but no release date has been announced.
Hopes for a possible Blink-182 reunion flared in January when former bassist Mark Hoppus told MTV News that "the future is wide open" now that the trio have rekindled their friendship.